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Biden faces political threat over border turmoil

  • Texas Democratic Representative Henry Cuellar says the president needs to improve in responding to concerns about the surge of migrants trying to enter the United States
  • According to the latest U.S. Customs and Border Protection figures, there have been more than 4,000 border arrests each day
  • The House has planned to implement an additional bill that would provide illegal child immigrants protection as well as the opportunity for migrant farmworkers to obtain green cards. However, the split Senate has displayed skepticism regarding whether this bill will become a law


Brazil COVID-19 deaths potentially surpassing record of U.S

  • Brazil’s fatalities broke a single-day record of 4,195 coronavirus deaths this past Tuesday
  • The Health Ministry data reveals that the country’s overall death toll is currently trailing close behind the peak of the U.S. outbreak, with nearly 337,000 deaths compared to more than 555,000
  • President Jair Bolsonaro had refrained from the encouragement of mask requirements as well as lockdowns, in which experts believe has caused the surge of the virus


United States restaurants undergo ketchup shortage

  • An increase in takeout orders around the country due to the pandemic has caused a demand for more ketchup packets
  • According to the Wall Street Journal, the deficiency of the condiment is affecting both “Mom-and-Pop” style restaurants, as well as chain establishments  
  • Data from the restaurant business platform “Plate IQ,” has revealed that the shortage has increased the price of packets by 13% since January 2020
  • America’s most popular condiment brand Heinz has planned to upgrade its supplies in order to start producing 12 billion packets per year


Apple improves battery life expectancy 

  • The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has granted the company a permit to obtain a new system that will provide users with a warning that will display a time when the iPhone’s battery will run out
  • Apple states that a notification will display on the device if it indicates a high probability that the user will be unable to continue using their phone until the next high probability charge time
  • If this state of charge information recognizes that the user will not make it to their next high probability charge time, the new feature will provide reminders to plug in the phone or MacBook at a specific time that will accommodate to the individual’s time period of usage

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State of California prepares to reopen    

  • California Governor Gavin Newsom announced the state’s economy to open back up on June 15th, with the ability to attend events like sports games and concerts following close behind
  • The Governor addressed that this resuming will only occur if the vaccine supply for Californians 16 years or older is sufficient and if hospitalization rates remain stable and low
  • The state additionally announced that a majority of capacity limits will be lifted, yet these large-scale events may still require prior testing or vaccine verification to participate


Fossil discovery reveals information on the “Snakefly”

  • Four of these new ancient insect species have been discovered in the state of Washington and the British Columbia by paleontologists Bruce Archibald and Vladimir Makarkin
  • “Snakeflies” have been classified as a slender, predatory insect and are native to the Northern Hemisphere
  • Research has indicated that cold environments are crucial in order to trigger the insects’ adult development. However, the fossil sites where these species were recently found refutes this explanation, as the yearly climates in Vancouver and Washington were reported to be mild


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